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How do you feel about Balckwater's ties to the CIA and their Ops?

Private security guards working for Blackwater USA participated in clandestine CIA raids against suspected insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Blackwater's role points to a much deeper connection between the company and the spy agency than has been previously disclosed and raises concerns over the legalities of involving contractors in the most sensitive operations conducted by the U.S. government.

The "snatch and grab" raids took place regularly between 2004 and 2006, the Times reported, when the insurgency in Iraq was escalating and security throughout the country was deteriorating.

A U.S. official confirmed to The Associated Press that Blackwater provided security and moved around with CIA teams on missions in war zones, but he denied they performed CIA missions.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121333662&ft=1&f=1003

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:42 AM on Dec. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121333662&ft=1&f=1003 link


    CIA spokesman George Little said, "This agency, like many others, uses contractors in roles that complement and enhance the skills of our own work force, just as American law permits."


    "Agency staff officers have the decision-making authority and bear responsibility for results," Little said.


    Blackwater, based in Moyock, N.C., changed its corporate name to Xe Services after a series of use-of-force controversies, including a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad by five company security guards that left 17 civilians dead.


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:43 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Who Cares.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:50 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Are we using this post to continue to point the finger at the Bush administration? It's almost 2010, MOVE ON ALREADY
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Are we using this post to continue to point the finger at the Bush administration? It's almost 2010, MOVE ON ALREADY

    No
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:00 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • At least you're willing to admit you refuse to move past the Bush Administration, refusing to move forward goes against Obama's campaign but explains alot on the Leftist side. Progress my arse.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:41 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Actually, I don't think anything about it. But since I read this and now have to answer it, what about all the other non military people put in danger overseas? There are hundreds of Red cross and other groups who are in all kinds of programs and places where they know of thngs going on we could never imagine. Personally I don't care. If someone wants to go to a war zone and do whatever it is they desire, knowing the risks, then so be it. Obama wants a civilian army and it will be run by the government so you better get used to non military people knowing things they shouldn't
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:41 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I don't understand the problem. There has been "military" for hire since the first armies were raised.

    People bitc$ if the CIA has specialized teams of soldiers and they bitc$ if they hire the work out. Someone has to do the work!

    Sweet is just taking another stab at those that protect the sanctity of her freedom of speech.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:49 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Erik Prince, head of US security firm Blackwater, ‘was CIA operative’


    Mr Prince was recruited by the agency in 2004 and ran intelligence-gathering operations in an unnamed Axis of Evil country until only two months ago, but was partially “outed” by leaks that followed a closed-door briefing of congressional leaders by Leon Panetta, the CIA director, last summer. Mr Prince regards those leaks as a betrayal: “When it became politically expedient to do so, someone threw me under a bus,” he said.


     

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:51 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • At least you're willing to admit you refuse to move past the Bush Administration, refusing to move forward goes against Obama's campaign but explains alot on the Leftist side. Progress my arse.

    My answer was NO, it doesn't have anything to do with President Bush. The CIA has had many situations similiar to this that were pre Bush and some STILL going on....It is BIGGER than any one president
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:05 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Mr Prince, aside from his work in Iraq, set up America’s closest forward operating base to the Pakistani border in Afghanistan, and helped to train a CIA assassination team that hunted an alleged senior al-Qaeda financier in Germany, and included A. Q. Khan, a Pakistani nuclear scientist, on its list of targets, according to Vanity Fair magazine.


    Sounds like he was doing following through on his mission.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:06 AM on Dec. 11, 2009

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